Psychology - Research

The goal of the structured research programme is to provide a high quality research experience with teaching support. Students undertake transferable and specialist skills modules to support their academic growth as professional researchers.Most research students are active members of the Department, providing teaching and demonstrating to the undergraduate student community.

Entry requirements

Normally a first class or upper second class honours degree in psychology is required. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact members of staff to discuss their projected area of research.


MHW02 4 years Full-time
MHW03 6 years Part-time
MHW04 2 years Full-time
MHW05 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Deirdre Desmond
Tel :+353 (0)1 708 6479


Psychology at Maynooth is a vibrant and internationally-recognised centre of excellence in research on health, mental health and community psychology, biobehavioural processes, cognition and neuroscience. Students and academics work in state-of-the-art research facilities that include an ERP laboratory, as well as neuroscience, social psychology, and developmental psychology laboratories.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Research areas

Research interests in the Department include: community, health and mental health psychology; the experimental analysis of behaviour; behavioural neuroscience; spatial navigation; circadian rhythms and sleep; language and memory.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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